"Down Through The Ages" as written by and Oli Herbert Philip Labonte....
Give me strength to resist what my fathers bought
Fight for the scars of dead memories
No regrets for the truth they had founded
Never mind these tragedies

Forsaken few to live with nothing
No longer hold them down

It was done now empower my enemies
A common trend that'll crush your beliefs
A grand design (grand design) and tyranny
The cost of safety's paid when no one is free

Forsaken few to live with nothing
No longer hold them down
Belief is true we all just torch them
No longer hold them down

It's come down through the ages
Don't let it fall away
Don't let it fall away
This gift down through the ages
Don't let it fall away
Don't let it fall away

Our greatness is a proof
They know these words are true
Belief is true we all just torch them

It's come down through the ages
Don't let it fall away
Don't let it fall away
This gift down through the ages
Don't let it fall away
Don't let it fall away

It's come down through the ages
Don't let it fall away
Don't let it fall away
This gift down through the ages
Don't let it fall away
Don't let it fall away


Lyrics submitted by MetallicaToTheEnd, edited by mhf21551

"Down Through the Ages" as written by Michael Martin Jason Costa

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    Song MeaningThe song is about a loss of freedom for the American people. It refers to the idea that over time government has become more powerful and constraining, the opposite of what was intended during the founding of the nation. The actual line from the song is "The grand design ends in tyranny, the price of safety's paid when no one is free." The 'grand design' is the system of government originally set up, a small republic with independent states under one flag. They are saying that over time, notably during the 1930's, the federal government has gained much more power, specifically the executive branch, even though the legislative branch was intended to be the most powerful because it is closest to the people. It also notes that some people will gladly surrender personal freedoms for a feeling of security (recent 'gun control' legislation, for example), much like a scared child who wants someone to whisper "everything is alright."

    "It's come down through the ages. This gift, down through the ages". This gift is the gift of liberty, of freedom. ATR warns us, "Don't let it fall away."
    mhf21551on March 29, 2013   Link

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